CDC director tests positive for COVID-19 again

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in October, took a course of Paxlovid, tested negative, and then tested positive again, according to the CDC.

“CDC Director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky experienced mild symptoms from her recent COVID-19 infection, completed a course of Paxlovid, and, after a period of isolation, tested negative for the virus. On Sunday, Dr. Walensky began to develop mild symptoms and has again tested positive. Consistent with CDC guidelines, she is isolating at home and will participate in her planned meetings virtually,” the CDC noted on Monday.

Earlier in October, when Walensky first tested positive, the CDC noted that she was “up to date with her vaccines” and that she only had “mild symptoms.”

Walensky received an updated COVID-19 vaccine shot in September.

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“Today, I received my updated #COVID19 vaccine!” a tweet on the @CDCDirector Twitter account noted in September. “Laboratory data suggest these updated vaccines provide increased protection against currently circulating variants. If you received your last COVID-19 vaccine >2 mo. ago, I encourage you to join me & get your updated vaccine now.”

Days after the announcement of Walensky’s initial positive test, President Joe Biden received an updated COVID-19 vaccine jab, and urged others to follow suit. “Update … your COVID vaccine. It’s incredibly effective. But the truth is, not enough people are getting it,” Biden said.

Biden tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year after having already been fully vaccinated and boosted twice. Biden took Paxlovid, and physician to the president Dr. Kevin O’Connor noted that Biden tested negative before testing positive again. “This in fact represents ‘rebound’ positivity,” O’Connor noted in a memo.

Similarly, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci tested positive earlier this year despite having been fully vaccinated and twice boosted. He too took Paxlovid, tested negative, and then tested positive again.

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